Letter to the Editor campaign: Let Stein/Baraka debate!

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Here are talking points for a letter arguing that Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka should be included in the presidential debates:

  • The presidential debates are the most important events in our election process. We can’t have real democracy without a free exchange of ideas and an informed public.

  • The debates should give voters the opportunity to see all the candidates on the ballot, representing the diversity of American political thought, discussing important issues in an unscripted manner so that the people can make informed decisions about the direction of our country.

  • The right to vote means little unless we have the right to know who we can vote for.

  • The presidential debates should include all candidates who are on enough ballots to be able to win the Presidency. In 2016, that would mean 4 candidates in the debates, including Clinton, Trump, Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson.

  • The Commission on Presidential Debates, which is actually a corporation controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties, stifles democracy by locking out independent candidates from the debates.

  • The Democrats and Republicans created the Commission on Presidential Debates to seize control of the debates from the nonpartisan League of Women Voters, which called the commission “a fraud on the American voter”.

  • The debates commission sets arbitrary polling requirements and uses some polls that don’t even offer the Green Party as an option, which shows how this system is rigged to protect the establishment parties from competition.

  • Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton should follow the example of Ronald Reagan, who insisted in 1980 that independent candidate John Anderson be included in debates. When President Carter refused, Reagan debated Anderson without Carter.

  • As de facto leaders of their parties, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could be champions of democracy by working to end the monopoly of the elitist Commission on Presidential Debates that prevents voters from hearing a full debate on the issues facing the nation, and demand four-way debates in 2016. Will Clinton and Trump stand for American democracy - or against it?

See the Open Letter from Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka to Open the Debates for more ideas.

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